Inspection Blog

Catch weigh vs checkweigh? What needs to be NMI certified?
20 Mar 2018
What’s the difference between “catch weigh” and “checkweigh” systems? And do they need to be certified by the National Measurement Institute? Here we take you through the basics.
Which is best: manual or automated quality control (QC)?
7 Feb 2018
Cost pressures to produce top quality goods at ever-lower prices – while protecting your profit margin – is a balance Australian manufacturers practise every day. Automated QC with automated vision inspection can help. Here we look at how, including the ROI.
Calibrating and testing all types of inspection equipment
23 Nov 2017
To ensure inspection equipment is fit for purpose and doing its job properly, it must be calibrated correctly and then tested before it becomes a useful part of a business’s quality control (QC) process.
Emerging vision technology has ancient application
1 Sep 2017
Vision inspection has many uses in quality control (QC) & quality assurance (QA). Here we look at its application in restoring ancient paintings and documents. Unlike invasive chemical analysis, vision is non-damaging and non intrusive. See how it’s helping historians restore ancient artefacts.
Points to consider in choosing the right checkweigher
28 Jul 2017
You’ve determined you need a checkweigher for QC and QA, but how do you choose one? iQVision takes you through 5 factors to consider in choosing a checkweigher: accuracy, line rate, system environment, package type, integration.
Tips on ROI for vision inspection systems
21 Jun 2017
Automated vision inspection systems are more accurate than manual inspection. But what about ROI? Here are some rock-solid ways to calculate it. Interestingly, the biggest impact is not in freeing up a worker. Check out our guide for more.
Metal detection vs X-ray inspection: which is better?
26 May 2017
Is metal detection or an X-ray system better to detect foreign contaminants in your products before they leave your processing plant? This blog talks you through how to choose the best way to protect your brand.
The top five problems vision inspection can solve
6 Apr 2017
Automated vision inspection is objective, automated and highly repeatable, meaning it can solve many problems much faster and more accurately than humans can detect. Here are the top five problems vision inspection can solve: flaw detection, positioning, identification, verification & measurement.
Cost-effective vision-enhanced industrial automation
3 Mar 2017
Vision-enhanced industrial automation is a showcase example of embedded vision. Embedded vision can add valuable capabilities to existing products and even open up new markets and it’s being used in a host of different manufacturing plants.
Which inspection technology should you use?
13 Jan 2017
Choosing which inspection technology to use depends very much upon your need, your product and your industry. To best explain what to use when, we’ve chosen some common problems, then shown the solution that matches them.
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  1. 3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recallsFriday, 15 February 2019
    3 ways Australian manufacturers can avoid product recalls

    Have you ever had to press the dreaded recall button?  In December, anurgent recall was issued for Nanna’s Family Apple Pie, which is sold at major supermarkets across Australia, for fears it could be contaminated with glass.  Earlier the same week, Charlesworth Nuts recalled nine products after pieces of metal were found inside a product in South […]

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    Andrew Key

    Andrew Key

    Product Manager, Inspection Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Andrew Key has over 25 years’ experience with packaging machinery, inspection technologies and identification technologies. His career spans across organisations like Alfa Laval, TNA and others; helping manufacturers to effect process improvement using the latest technology from around the globe.

    In his current role as the Business Development Manager for Inspection technologies at Matthews Australasia, he is constantly looking at cutting edge technologies for our customers to improve quality control.

    Andrew grew up in the country and loves the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, snow skiing, water skiing, bushwalking and camping.

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  2. Why you need label version control in 2019Tuesday, 5 February 2019
    label version control

    How many label variations do you have for your products? Are you struggling to juggle seasonal labels for products?  You’re not alone.  As Australian suppliers face growing competition on store shelves, they are turning to creative, seasonal labels to catch shoppers’ eyes and win their wallets.  But is seasonal packaging a waste of time in […]

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    Andrew Key

    Andrew Key

    Product Manager, Inspection Technologies at Matthews Australasia

    Andrew Key has over 25 years’ experience with packaging machinery, inspection technologies and identification technologies. His career spans across organisations like Alfa Laval, TNA and others; helping manufacturers to effect process improvement using the latest technology from around the globe.

    In his current role as the Business Development Manager for Inspection technologies at Matthews Australasia, he is constantly looking at cutting edge technologies for our customers to improve quality control.

    Andrew grew up in the country and loves the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, snow skiing, water skiing, bushwalking and camping.

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  3. The importance of real-time dashboards + 7 reasons why you need themFriday, 25 January 2019
    real-time dashboards

    How is your production line doing right now? Do you know how efficient it is? Is there any downtime? Where are the bottlenecks? Manufacturing businesses are complex operations. Even the smallest manufacturers can struggle to keep an eye on what’s going on, let alone if you have multiple production lines and multiple sites.  Imagine if […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
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  4. Top 7 Australian microbrewery trends brewing for 2019Wednesday, 9 January 2019
    brewery trends

    Gone are the days when Australia’s craft beer industry comprised beer lovers tinkering with home-brew kits and strange ingredients in their sheds.  Today, there are more than 400 small, independent brewery businesses across Australia – doubled from 200 just six years ago, according to the Independent Brewers Association (IBA). The industry directly employs more than 2,100 […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
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  5. Your guide to fake meat in AustraliaThursday, 27 December 2018
    fake meat

    Back in 1931, Winston Churchill published an article where he imagined the world “Fifty Years Hence”. In the essay, he predicted lab-grown meat, or fake meat, would help feed the world.  “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
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  6. Predictions and trends: what does 2019 have in store for Australian manufacturers and suppliers?Thursday, 20 December 2018
    what does 2019 have in store for Australian manufacturers and suppliers

    2018 is almost over and what a year it was! We found needles in strawberries, saw a surge in food fraud and an outbreak in listeria from contaminated rock melons. We observed the rolling of another Australian prime minister, while the positive growth in Australian manufacturing continued. We watched Apple become the world’s first US$1 trillion business and blockchain start making waves […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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  7. Was 2018 the ‘year of the food fraud?’ + food fraud prevention strategiesWednesday, 12 December 2018
    food fraud prevention

    Fake honey, fake wine, fake cherries … if there’s one thing that shook the media in 2018 (strawberry crisis excluded), it was food fraud. So what is food fraud? Food fraud refers to the sale of an inferior product represented as a more valuable one. It might be substitution, dilution, tampering or misrepresentation of ingredients […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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  8. The rise and rise of product barcode verificationThursday, 29 November 2018
    product barcode verification

    Does your product barcode check out? Without a good quality, accurate and scannable barcode, you can’t sell your products, retailers can’t stock your products, and customers can’t buy your products. With many retailers becoming increasingly intolerant of products causing scanning errors, a problematic barcode could spell the end of a relationship. But that’s not all.Barcode […]

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    Mark Dingley

    Mark Dingley is Chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and is the CEO at Matthews Australasia.
    With 25 years of experience in the product identification industry and the wealth of knowledge gained from working closely with industry associations in developing and implementing standards & best practice, Mark is able to assist manufacturers with a range of issues from getting real-time visibility of their production line, improving automation, establishing quality assurance using machine vision to selecting the best fit technology for coding and labelling applications.
    Mark Dingley's LinkedIn Profile

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  9. AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines help manufacturers delivering into DCsMonday, 19 November 2018
    AFGC Common Delivery Guidelines

    By Samantha Blake, Director, Industry Affairs, Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) * Australia’s FMCG market presents myriad challenges for both suppliers and retailers – geographic scale and distance, relatively high costs of transportation, population density, supply chain complexity, and the diverse and fast-evolving expectations of our customers. In this environment, standardised, retailer-agnostic supply chain […]

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    Guest Author

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  10. Top 5 ideas for shelf-ready Christmas product packagingTuesday, 13 November 2018
    Christmas product packaging

    Ecommerce might be growing at an explosive rate, but there’s still a huge opportunity for brands to win over customers in physical stores this festive season. Your Christmas product packaging could hold the key. In 2017, Australian consumers were expected to spend more than $20 billion on grocery items over Christmas, with an increase of […]

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    Matt Nichol

    Matt Nichol

    Key Account Manager at Matthews Australasia

    Matt is a laser marking expert and has in-depth knowledge of product ID technologies. He is a regular at international trade shows like Pack Expo and is constantly looking at emerging trends and technologies.

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